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Relevance and Purpose of Writing Task.
It is essential that learners see the relevance of what they are writing and that tasks have a clear purpose that links to ‘real life’ e.g. stories can be read, blogs share experiences
Areas of concern Strategies, resources and links within the Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit and to external sites
Is the learner aware of different purposes of writing? Use of real examples during shared reading sessions.
Opportunities for writing are clear and meaningful so writing is recognised as a valuable communication tool.
Have an audience in mind e.g. picture book for a younger class, leaflet on local attractions for community
Think about where work will be displayed – in school, local café, library, community hall etc Opportunities for writing in all areas of the classroom e.g. role play areas, investigation areas, art areas (to review images)
Is the learner aware of the needs of different audiences? Assessment is for Learning (AifL) techniques to elicit needs of audience. – see own local authority information and also Education Scotland http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningandteaching/assessment/
AifL and Tapestry materials http://www.tapestrypartnership.com/assessment/
Clear planning from outset as to the purpose of the pieces of writing and possible discussion with audience e.g. designing a blog to share learning – ask the parent council audience what they would like to see in a blog.
Opportunities for pupils to reflect on being the audience for a text e.g. for stories - Scottish Book Trust Awards or for a recipe – pupils try to create a smoothie from a pupil generated recipe – does the recipe work?
Competitions often set interesting criteria that can support understanding of needs of audience e.g. 500 words competition and SBT 50 word fiction http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading/the-50-word-fiction-competition
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